Everyone suffers from the dreaded curse of Writer's Block. Students, doctors, lawyers, authors, everyone at one (or more) point(s) in their lives struggles with writing. If you look up how to solve it online, the most frequent advice you get is "keep writing. Even if it's crap, keep writing."
Honestly? I find this piece of advice profoundly annoying. Sure, it works for some: kudos to them! But what about the rest of us? Some of us just CAN'T "keep writing" through our writer's block. Personally, I'm not wired that way. Maybe my Muse needs a break, or I'm out of ideas. Perhaps my characters are angry with the direction I took the story. (Don't scoff, it happens! A lot!) When writer's block hits me, I absolutely cannot continue to write until it's over.
Right now, you're asking, "so what do you do to combat writer's block and get back to work?"
It's different for everyone. I enjoy doing other creative things, like drawing, crocheting, fiddling with Photoshop, playing or listening to music, etc. I also watch creative shows, like Firefly, Farscape, The Big Bang Theory, Hook, or various Anime. Reading is a wonderful way to spark your imagination, whether it's a genre similar to what you write, or something new.
The point of this article is to tell you, don't give up! Don't get discouraged if all the "keep writing" advice doesn't work for you. Try something new! Here's a short recap of some things that might help.